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New Cases of Infantile Paralysis (polio)

polioThe Summit Record of August 18, 1916 reported that two new cases of infantile paralysis [polio] were discovered in Summit. One of the children was a resident of a six-family tenement on Aubrey Street. The building was placed under a 2-week quarantine, which was enforced by a barbed-wire fence and the presence of a police officer. A scene for a moving picture was filmed at the Summit train station. The Summit area was popular with movie producers because of the natural beauty of the region. Summit letter carrier David Carter returned from Douglas, Arizona, where his unit of the New Jersey National Guard had been stationed in the conflict against Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
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"Murder" Book for Children

hairdoThe Summit Herald of August 11, 1939 reported that the State Board of Milk Control allowed dairy producers to charge half a cent more per quart. The High School Principal’s report to the Board of Education included recommendations to expand the size of the room for typing classes, and to add driver’s ed to the curriculum. At the Summit Public Library, a little girl requested help finding a book she had read: “the swellest story, just full of murders, robberies, fighting, and magic!” The Children’s Librarian was relieved to discover that the “murder” book was a retelling of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. The “Home on the Range” cooking column offered recipes for various kinds of iced coffee.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php

Brawl at the Carnival

dandrocideThe Summit Herald of August 4, 1906 reported that Russian mutineers and revolutionaries in the sea fortress of Sveaborg were defeated by two battleships of the Czar’s navy. Local baseball pitcher Larry Walsh was injured when he intervened in a late-night brawl at the carnival grounds involving the adult son of the merry-go-round operator and several unknown assailants. Henry’s Garage advertised a new Pope-Hartford touring car to rent for $5/hour or $25/day. A baseball game between single men of Summit vs. a team of married men ended 21-7, in favor of the single men.

The Library has a searchable database of local historical newspapers. Search or browse at:
http://www.digifind-it.com/summit/home.php